LOS ANGELES (Sept. 15, 2014) -- Boxes of school supplies lined the stage today at Marina del Rey Middle School. Eight stunned teachers were called up to take possession of the goods. They had requested a variety of school supplies on the education crowd-funding site, DonorsChoose.org, and Google said yes.
They weren’t the only lucky teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Google made nearly $1 million dollars in donations, and granted the requests of all 769 LA Unified teachers who had submitted a wish list. The teachers, notified by email, are receiving materials such as paper, pencils and books to laptops, musical instruments and microscopes that will be used by 75,108 fortunate students.
On DonorsChoose.org, teachers post projects requesting materials they need for their classrooms, and donors support the projects that inspire them. Among the projects funded today were bird guides and binoculars for Mrs. Vibbert 's students and a bilingual classroom library for Mrs. Perez's students. Special guest Kevin McHale of the television show “Glee” was also there to surprise Marina Del Rey students with supplies.
School Board Vice-President Steve Zimmer said, “We have asked more and more from our teachers, but the resources haven’t been there. Teachers spend their own money, and plenty of it on resources for their classrooms. With Google’s help we start changing this reality today at Marina del Rey.”
Superintendent John E. Deasy concurred. “Our teachers want the best for their students. If that means digging deep into their own pockets to provide additional materials, they do it. LAUSD is certainly grateful to Google for making the wishes of so many of our teachers come true.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also attended the celebration. He made the surprise announcement in a multi-purpose room filled with students.
"Our school teachers give their all every day to ensure that Los Angeles students reach their full potential," the Mayor said. "We're grateful for their ongoing dedication and passion that's inspiring the next generation of Angelenos – and I'm thrilled that the help of Google and DonorsChoose.org will help every student reach their dreams a little faster."
Representing Google, Thomas Williams, head of the Venice office said, "As a longtime resident of Los Angeles and parent of students in LAUSD, I've seen how hard our schoolteachers work, how dedicated they are and how, often, the resources they would like to have to help our children just aren't available." He added, "As our office and company have been committed to education, especially for underserved communities, it was a perfect opportunity to fund all the DonorsChoose.org projects throughout LAUSD."
Contact: Monica Carazo (213) 241-6766